• Book Selfie 2013-14 Carrie Deahl, NBCT
     
    "We write to expose the unexposed." ~Anne Lamott
     
    English Dept., Room 906
    English 1-2; Creative Writing 1-2
    Twitter: @Carrie_Deahl


    I'm a 4th generation native Arizonan. I grew up in the Phoenix area and attended Grand Canyon University. On my graduation day, I was hired by the Phoenix Union High School District where I've taught English for 17 years. I spent my first 8 years at Alhambra High School and currently teach at Maryvale High School. During my time in PUHSD, I've earned my Reading Endorsement, MEd in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University, and National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult/English Language Arts. In my down time, I enjoy spending time with my niece and nephew; listening to vinyl; hiking; off-roading in my Jeep; traveling; reading; writing; and watching Netflix marathons.

    My Teaching Philosophy

    I believe the best writing teachers are writers themselves. This is why I write with my students every step of the way through the writing process. We follow this motto: I go. You go. We will analyze and discuss the "moves" writers make to help you improve your craft and build your confidence. In small groups and whole-class settings, we will workshop our writing by giving and receiving feedback to help us convey our ideas to a wide variety of audiences. If you don't understand why you should be doing what I've asked you to do, ask me. I strongly believe writing is a healthy way to deal with the harsh realities of the world we live in and a habit we all need to embrace. 

    I also believe that every student can learn. This is why I differentiate my instruction to best meet the needs of my students. I model a variety of literacy strategies students can use at their ability level not only in my class, but in their other classes as well.

    My classroom is a safe community for you to share their ideas, take risks, try new things and grow as learners and as individuals. I need to trust you and you need to trust each other. More than anything else, I want you to know you are respected and valued. I am happy you are here. It is my hope you will leave my classroom committed to a life of learning as readers, writers, and as empathetic individuals.

     
    Office Hours & Tutoring 
    • Prep. Period 2 
    • Advisory
    • Snack & Study: most Mondays-Thursdays until 4:00 p.m., Room 906 (a great time for re-teaching, additional help, and study for English or your other classes).
    Required Class Materials
    • 1 Writer's Notebook (preferably a Composition Book with college-ruled paper, or a 5 Star 5 Subject Notebook)
    • 5 tab dividers to divide Writer's Notebook into sections 
    • 1 package of college-ruled paper (100 sheets)
    • 1 pocket folder
    • 1 package of blue/black pens
    • 1 package of highlighters
    • 1 set of colored pencils
    • Students will need to choose their own books on their reading level. Students are responsible for finding their own books from my classroom library, Maryvale's library, the public library, or they may purchase them. 
    Classroom Policies/Rules
    1. Feel free to do anything that does not cause a problem for you, me, or anyone else.
    2. As you enter the room, all electronics OFF and out of sight.
    3. Do your own work.
    4. Work to the best of your ability.
    5. Be helpful.
    6. Be brave.
    7. Trust the process.
    8. Use your voice. 
    Helpful Resources
    • Amazon.com:   Read book reviews. Write your own reviews. Find ideas for the next book you want to read.

    • Goodreads.com:    Read book reviews. Track your own reading by creating book shelves. Write your own reviews. Set yearly reading goals for yourself.

    • Maryvale Library Page:   Here you will find research databases, online encyclopedias, and a variety of other resources for your academic needs. 

    • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL):   This site includes grammar resources, sample research papers, citation information, and how to follow MLA format. 

    • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:    Enter your artwork and writing into this annual contest. Winners will have their work published in a book and travel to New York for the awards dinner. 

    • Student/Parent Vue:   Check your grades and attendance.

    • TeenInk:   Compare your writing to other teen writers AND publish your writing to a wider audience.

    • Webster.com:   Look up difficult words, or improve your word choice in your writing.
     
     
    "You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." ~Ray Bradbury